March 06, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Jimmy began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Vancouver under Bibiano Fernandes before he moved to Nanaimo and founded the city's first ever BJJ club. He has been honing his skills with Island Top Team for the last couple of months, and the hard work has definitely paid off as, on a trip to Vancouver this week, Jimmy so impressed Bibiano with the newly developed aspects of his game that the multiple time BJJ world champion awarded Jimmy his purple belt. It's always a test of character when someone is faced with a choice to cling to old ways or embrace new challenges that spur growth, and Jimmy has definitely done the latter, embracing Island Top Team's training philosphy, and being a great training partner for all his teammates. Congratulations on the promotion Jimmy, from everyone at Island Top Team!